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A Breath of Fresh Air

Students in Northland and South Auckland are learning about the air they breathe inside their classrooms and their home, and how to improve it.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Earth sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$82,200.00 excl. GST (2018)
Unlocking Curious Minds

National Biomechanics Day 2018

Expanded and extended for a second year, NZ National Biomechanics Day is celebrating the science of biomechanics with even more secondary students across New Zealand through an experiential learning day.

Organised by

Massey University

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Otago
  • Canterbury
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physics

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$89,234.00 excl. GST (2018)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Mānuka Chemistry in the Community

University of Otago

Students across all New Zealand are extracting chemicals from their local mānuka trees, which work as natural weedkillers and antibacterials, and then looking at how these chemicals vary between mānuka trees growing in different parts of New Zealand.

Organised by

University of Otago

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham Islands
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Agriculture/ Food
  • Health

Project duration

March 2017 - December 2017

Funding awarded

$99,818.00 excl. GST (2017)
Unlocking Curious Minds

Investigating air quality with under-fives

Can we develop a tool to measure air quality that will be interesting and understandable by children under five years of age? Early childhood education centres in South Auckland are working with scientists on this challenge.

Organised by

Good Seeds Children's Centre

Agape Aoga Amata

Puna O le Atamai Aoga Amata

Le Malelega Lotu Talapa

Akaiti Mangarongaro Punanga Reo Preschool

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Health
  • Environment

Project duration

October 2015 - December 2015

Funding awarded

$20,000.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform

Kava Tonga: are there long lasting negative effects?

Is drinking Kava Tonga affecting the life of middle aged men in the Tonga Community in Auckland? Senior school students investigate and evaluate the current literature on kava, learning about the research process and environment along the way.

Organised by

Pupunga Taiamoni Tongan Community Trust

Project details

  • Auckland
  • Health

Project duration

October 2015 - February 2016

Funding awarded

$15,400.00 excl. GST (2015)
Participatory Science Platform